Why Will Smith Isn't In Independence Day: Resurgence

Jeff Goldblum is back. Bill Pullman has returned. Randy Quaid isn’t here, but he has a semi-valid excuse. So why didn’t original Independence Day star Will Smith return to the franchise that helped launch his big-screen career, now that Roland Emmerich has gathered the gang once again, 20 years later, for Independence Day: Resurgence?

The answer is complicated. During a press event on behalf of the launch of the anticipated sequel, Emmerich addressed the absence of his A-list star. The way that the director recounted, Smith initially was very excited about returning to Independence Day, where he’d once again play courageous …
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